Nurturing Democracy: Whitlam Forum

The experience of an educational exchange to Denmark in 2011 continues to provide professional direction about what’s important in the life of a school. During […] 

My #reading: May 2016

Schopenhauer argued that the best books deserved two readings. The second allowed for finer, more reflective interpretations, as the beginning was read in light of […] 

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour: San Francisco #4

San Francisco is a wonderful city to explore with many homes and buildings having memorable architecture.  Tacy Trowbridge hosted my visit to Adobe in San Francisco (located […] 

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour: Washington #3

“The Genographic Project is an ambitious attempt to answer fundamental questions about where we originated and how we came to populate the Earth. Through your […] 

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour: New York #2

“From its inception, a PDS education was founded on relationships and learning by doing; it valued play as creative cognitive growth and working together as […] 

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship Study Tour: New York #1

“No one should come to New York…unless he is willing to be lucky.”                         […] 

My #reading April 2016

Every day I work on the edit of my book. I slog away, shifting chunks of material and moving them back, eating my salad in […] 

Workflow & Writing: Ulysses

Write. Anything. Anywhere. My daily writing routines are improving and Ulysses has quickly become an everyday tool. The very effective slogan tells you why. One still needs to actually […] 

Mobile Storytelling and Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is Australia’s only independent, non-profit initiative bringing philanthropists and filmmakers together to create social change. Storytelling has an undeniable power to […] 

My #reading: March 2016

“Academic writing was actually about hiding what you didn’t know. There was a language, a technique, and I had mastered it. In everything there were […] 

Some reflective thoughts about social reading…

We read to know we are not alone.   SOURCE I have recently purchased a new Kindle e-reader. You can click on that last link and […] 

My #reading: February 2016

“We are creatures made as much by art as by experience and what we read in books is the sum of both.”  Andy Miller “I wanted […] 

#BYOD Tool: #AdobePost

Adobe Post is a great free tool for placing text on photos and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  Of course, this makes it […] 

Travelling in Japan: Books & Bookshops

“As in China, the Japanese literati were an unstable combination of two opposites – Confucian scholar and free-minded Taoist – so they tended to lean […] 

Travelling in Japan: Tokyo

“Tokyo offers a lot of spectacle and confusion. This is just a facade. Behind the neon glare lies a steady rhythmic and miraculous everyday world […] 

Travelling in Japan: Kinosaki Onsen

We only had three weeks of our month in Japan planned with accommodation booked. This gave us the freedom to use our JR Passes flexibly […] 

Travelling in Japan: Ibusuki and Kagoshima

The longhaul train trip to Ibusuki, south of Kagoshima, was relaxing and offered great scenery with the opportunity to read for long stretches uninterrupted. We […] 

Travelling in Japan: Osaka & Himeji

“Welcome to Osaka. Few major cities of the developed world could match Osaka for the overall unattractiveness of its cityscape, which consists mostly of a […] 

Travelling in Japan: Hirosaki

Hirosaki is singularly the most Japanese city I know. Will Ferguson We stayed in Hirosaki not because I can’t read Japanese train timetables at all well but […] 

Travelling in Japan: Hokkaido

Japan is not a small country; no matter what the Japanese themselves may think. The main island of Honshu alone is larger than Great Britain. […] 

December 2015: My Reading

“There are two motives for reading a book: One, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” Bertrand Russell I had […] 

7th Annual Resilience and Optimism Conference

Staff Development Days provide great opportunities to reinvigorate professional enthusiasms as well as to reflect on learning and life at school. For the last six […] 

Building Australia Through Citizen Science*

What place does citizen science have in our schools? I pinched the title of this article from a paper published this year by the Office […] 

A Baker’s Dozen: Most Enjoyable Reads of 2015

Reviewing the books I read or re-read in 2015, I decided to choose the thirteen I had derived the most pleasure as a reader. In […] 

#BYOD Tool: WordsEye

“WordsEye is cutting-edge technology that works by parsing text input into a semantic representation which is then rendered as a 3D scene. This process relies […] 

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